If you are interested in goat farming and would like to breed a type of goat that is very popular, as well as commercially successful, you may want to learn more about Jamunapari goats.
This is a unique breed of goat that has an Indian subcontinent origin. They have been exported to Indonesia, and have become quite successful in the area. They can also be found in Bangladesh.
There are a couple of Jamunapari goat uses. These goats have been bred for meat and milk, the latter of which they are quite popular for. They are ideal for commercial farming, as they have a high daily milk yield, and large, long teats that make them easy to milk.
It is delicious, and quite healthy, although it is high in fat. If you are more interested in raising them for meat, Jamunapari goats have wonderful meat quality, with a high meat to bone ratio.
Jamunapari Goat Origin
As mentioned in the introduction, the Jamunapari goat originated in India, and was then exported to several other regions in India, as well as other areas. It is an ancestor of the American Nubian goat, and gets its name from rivers in India, the Jamuna and the Yamuna, and it is shipped from this area to other regions. Since its rise in popularity, it has become a prized breed because of its tasty milk and delicious meat.
The Jamunapari goat also has awesome show qualities, and it has been successful in the farming industry in Indonesia since 1953 when it was exported to the area. Jamunapari goats are also referred to as Ram Sagol and Jamunapari. A 1972 census in India shows that there were estimated to be approximately 580,000 Jamunapari goats in India, although fewer than 5,000 were considered purebred.
Jamunapari Goat Characteristics
There are several characteristics to look for when buying Jamunapari goats. First of all, these goats are awesome dairy goats, especially when compared to other breeds. The milk is exceptionally tasty, and it is healthy, with the exception of the high fat content (which gives it so much flavor), about five to six percent.
They tend to be large animals, and the males are larger than the females. They have a very convex nose line, and they also have a little tuft of hair that is called a Roman nose, which gives their mouths the appearance of parrots. They have very long ears, which are flat and droopy, and the males and females have horns that curve backwards. Both the males and females have short, thin tails.
Jamunapari goats come in a variety of colors, including white, black, brown, yellow, and a mix of these colors. These goats have a well-developed udder that is roundish, and the teats are large and conical. The body is well developed, and they have long legs. They tend to have longer hair in the back area, particularly around the legs and thighs. Bucks tend to weigh around 110 to 130 pounds, while does weigh 90 to 110 pounds. These goats have large bodies and longer legs than many other goat breeds. Females stand at about 79 inches at the withers, while males stand about 89 inches at the withers. They have medium to longish hair.
This is a sweet, friendly goat breed that makes a great pet, but because it has horns, it is best to make sure children are supervised when around this type of goat. It’s a large breed and its main purpose is for milk, but it is also used for meat. It is an animal that is easy to breed, and can be used for commercial purposes or for those who like to have unusual animals. It is easy going, calm, and friendly, and as with most goats, it is very gentle.
These goats need to have a medium to large sized pasture, and they also need to have plenty of greenery for grazing. They can be raised in all climates, and there are no conservation status issues. They are not known to be prone to any serious health conditions, and if you are a beginner in goat farming, they are ideal as starter goats. They belong to no known goat associations, and there are no known breeding clubs.
Raising Jamunapari Goats
One of the great things about raising Jamunapari goats is that you can make a pretty decent profit once you know what you are doing. You need to have a proper business plan, and a good marketing strategy. These goats can be raised for milk and meat, or to sell to others who want to use them for milk and meat.
No matter what type of goats you intend to raise and/or breed, there are certain things you will need to know in order to have healthy and happy animals that will bring the highest prices, whether it be for the animals, their milk, or their meat.
One of the most important things is the right Jamunapari goat shelter. They need to have a room that measures at least 10 by 12 square feet, and this should accommodate up to 15 goats. Housing can be made from a variety of materials. For instance, you can use wood, bamboo, or concrete poles. There should be a proper ventilation system to keep the floor dry. If you are breeding, it is important to have a separate house for the males for breeding purposes.
Fencing is very important. These are incredibly agile animals, and they can jump very high. They can also scale heights as high as six feet. You need to make sure that you have adequate fencing that will keep your animals safely contained.
There should be clean water available to them at all times, and make sure that they have plenty of open space for grazing. They should also have a varied diet, so make sure you are feeding your animals barley and other grains. They also love peanut grass, and CO-1 and CO-2 grasses are great for fast weight gain, not to mention a higher milk yield. The babies will feed off their mothers for the first three months of their lives, and they can also have grasses and leaves during this period.
Here are a few more things to know about raising Jamunapari goats:
These goats tend to give birth to one kid per year
- Jamunapari goats are not available to buy in the United States, but you can have them imported
- This is a sociable breed that will gladly interact with man other types of livestock, and it is friendly with people
- Prepare your business plan or project report, and make sure it includes your own personal investment, the total amount of dollars that will be spent on housing, medical expenses, feeding, etc.
- Disinfect the area where your goats will be living before they arrive at your farm. The floor of the house should also be cleaned, and vaccinations should be done before you bring them home
- You can reduce your feed costs by growing green fodder cups, such as subabul, maize, and wheat grass. The more food you raise yourself, the lower your expenses are going to be. Remember, feed is one of the most expensive aspects of farming
- Pregnant does and newborn kids need lots of attention, and you need to make sure they always have extra feed available to them
- Clean their houses regularly. Feeders, drinkers, etc. should be cleaned on alternate days, and anything that is washed needs to be thoroughly dried
Breeding Jamunapari Goats
Now, let’s talk about breeding these animals. Jamunapari goat breeders need to make sure that they have the proper housing for their goats, to ensure that the animals are safely bred and that the kids can be born in a stress-free environment.
These animals reach puberty between four and nine months, depending on the sex, and they reach breeding age between one year and 18 months. They usually have one breeding cycle per season, and one male can impregnate up to 30 does in a single season.
Each breeding cycle is 12 to 36 hours over an average of 18 to 24 days. The gestation period is approximately 150 days, and one to two kids will be born per litter.
Jamunapari goats are excellent mothers, and they wean their own kids so you don’t have to do anything except enjoy watching them grow and thrive. The lactation period is 250 to 284 days, with the latter number being the most common. They will milk for an average of four to six weeks, and they can produce two to three liters of milk per day.
Buying Jamunapari Goats
Now it’s time to talk about actually buying Jamunapari goats. This is not an undertaking to get into lightly. Remember, you will need to have plenty of time on your hands if you really want to get serious about any type of farming, and when animals are involved, you need to know that you have time to care for them.
If you are planning to buy a herd of these goats, it is a good idea to look for sellers that are nearby, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on transportation.
When it comes to buying animals, Jamunapari goat prices can vary. Generally, you can expect to spend anywhere from $200 to $500 per animal. The price will depend on a number of factors, including the age, sex, and size of the animal. Keep in mind that these animals are not available for sale in the United States. You will need to have them imported if you want to start raising them.
Another price to consider is the price of meat, if that is what you are going to breed your goats for. As a rule, the price can vary from region to region. Generally, a kilogram of goat meat can cost anywhere from $3 to $3.50.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for when it comes time to go out and purchase your goats.
Talk to various breeders
Investing in goats is much like investing in anything else. You need to shop around to make sure you are getting the best animals at the best price. Be sure to talk to a number of breeders. It may be that the breeders from further away have the best animals, and you will be making the best investment in the long run.
Once you have decided on a Jamunapari goat breeder, it’s time to get down to the business of haggling. You may be thinking that it is a terrible thing to haggle over the price of a living creature, but it is something that is expected in the goat farming world.
Visit a Goat Market
If you are lucky enough to be able to visit a livestock market in India, it is a good idea to make your purchases there. You will be able to talk to a number of breeders, and you don’t have to track them down online to find them.
Take your Time
If you are thinking about buying your goats at a market, make sure that you don’t buy the first goats you see. Browse around for a while and as mentioned earlier, try to negotiate the price. Remember, the later in the day that you buy, the better the deals you are going to get, because breeders often want to sell their stock before the market is closed for the day.
Take A Vet
Unless you are very familiar with Jamunapari goats and understand everything you need to know, it is wise to take a vet with you whenever possible. This way, you will be able to know if the animals have any health issues, if they are old, etc.
Often, people are sold animals that are old or sickly, and the breeders will try to convince you that the animals are young and healthy. Taking a vet or another expert with you will prevent being ripped off by unscrupulous breeders. Make sure you are buying animals that are free of disease, and that are of the highest quality for breeding.